Dancin' In The Streets, Dire Wolf, Minglewood Blues, Candyman, Me & My Uncle-> Mexicali Blues, Ramble On Rose, Hell In A Bucket, Deal I Need A Miracle-> Bertha-> Playin' In The Band-> China Doll-> Samson & Delilah-> Drums-> The Other One-> Wharf Rat-> Sugar Magnolia, E: Satisfaction, E: It's All Over Now Baby Blue
I used to be somewhat of a 'Dead Prophet' I'd make bizarre 'predictions' of songs and the Dead would play them. Big Railroad on 5/12/80 for example.
So, we leave Harrisburg & I keep saying, "Hurry, we have to get there for Dancin."
It's POURING RAIN all day...
Holds us up. HUGE traffic jam getting in. No problem..
We walk a mile. Still time.
We get to the gate: HUGE mass of people.
As we're waiting, I hear the strains of Dancin' In the Streets playing, just barely. And after calling bit, I'm stuck outside.
I ended up waiting until 2003 to hear 'The Q' play it.
The show itself?
The crowd is going nuts but you can't hear Jerry at all. Common problem in '84 in his steep decline.
October 24, 2013 Subject:
A first for 3 things!
This was my first dead show. My first acid trip. My first hitchhiking experience. The summer before my first year of college. My buddy Wil Kezema I were dropped off at the intersection of route 35 and 684...by my mom (Hester) where my mom helped me make a sign out of cardboard with GRATEFUL DEAD in black letters and roses on each corner! Got picked up by two dude from Dartmouth in a camero or some smaller sporty car. We smoked good weed, spoke about what to expect for the show...it was super scary, but also super cool. Kind like when you first jumped off Castle Rock! Once we arrived at the Spac...the dudes hooked up with two pieces of blotter / acid. The rain came down, people were jumping the fence, they opened with dancin in the streets...it was magical. After the show we caught a ride in the back of a pickup truck that dropped us off at 35. We were freezing our ass off during the ride down (it was still raining) and this dude handed us a bag from inside the truck. It was a big United States Flag which Wil and I wrapped around us. It saved us! What a fucking night! It changed me forever. Wil...I wish you were still with us to compare notes buddy! You are missed...
My all-time favorite Dead Show, sentimentally, but still up there critically. 2nd show I ever attended. Learned about the power of Jerry the balladeer that day. 2nd set was a life changer! Enjoying this recording of it! Thanks.
Reviewer:Mark Scalise -
November 10, 2009 Subject:
Dancin! Dancin' in the street
My favorite of the Dancin' revival performances, with Jerry really belting out his vocal part. He got either lazy or self-conscious about it after this. Rest of the show is another summer '84 rocker, although it falls somewhere between the '83 and '85 SPACs in overall quality.
June 25, 2009 Subject:
This was Great
I was there with all the other recent high school grads. Wet and happy on mushrooms. Furious show from start to finish. Dancin' was out of the blue for me and a really great opener. Would never know Garcia was a total mess from this show, except his voice, which was pretty shot. Brent was on fire on Minglewood, and save for Weir's disastrous foray's into slide guitar, a great version. The Miracle>Bertha was a great transition. Another unexpected opener, for me a least. Really wonderful memory of this show. I think the rain added alot of electricity. Bummer Phil's bass does not come through on the recording, though.
June 23, 2009 Subject:
We drove from connecticut...got a hotel in town and had 8 guys piled in the room...I remember splitting the mattresses and had 5 total beds after grabbing one from the hallway. The morning of the show my friend was carrying out one of the mattresses and by accident hit the fire alarm and set it off. So, evacuation in place..one of the maids came into the bathroom to get my friend out of the shower..his leg was broken and hanging out of the shower. Real funny scene...Every fire truck in the town was outside with deadheads everywhere. As for the show...fun time with alot of energy...lightning storm during this fine wharf rat. I met a girl from Rye, NY on one of the balcony ramps... we danced in the rain...needless to say I had a fun rest of the summer with her...this show is great...ended up getting home at 5am to the sun coming up. These shows are all great 83, 84 and 85.
February 28, 2008 Subject:
"Wanna go see the Dead?"
This was a great show, my 9th. I caught a ride spur-of-the-moment, from Hamden CT, no ticket, with friends who had just graduated from high school. Heard the Dancin' from outside. Loved the jam after Playin', the drums and space, and the Satisfaction encore. Lots of mud. Lost my shoes. Never felt cold; the rain felt good! I remember the walkways becoming a dance-zone, and wondering if they would collapse, because they appeared to be flexing under my dancing feet!
High energy performance, and for the conditions, I'd say this is an excellent recording. I'm giving it five stars.
December 24, 2007 Subject:
I graduated High School that afternoon
It was Amazing. After my high school graduation ceremony my frinds Cotter and Chris Luppi convinced me to drive us from Bedford N.Y to Saratoga in my 1973 Superbeetle.
We showed up with our graduation money and hooked everything up, got lawn seats and doses. When the show started I lost my friends and just was dancing with everyone.
I had been an athiest but i bonded with a tree and realized a higher power had to have made the thing.
Then I saw the older brother of one my friends Keith Grover, he was Chris Grover and one of the coolest heads in town.
He had always been aloof. But when he saw me dancing in the rain in the same state of mind he was in.. We hugged and I pulled a joint out of my pocket and we tried to smoke it in the rain but it pretty much dissolved. We laughed so hard and it didn't matter.
We hung out the rest of the show and after that I was in with the biggest head in Pound Ridge, back then connections made you cool.
The show ended and we parted and I walked through golf courses in the pouring rain back to my superbeetle.
I had put the key for itin the change pocket of my Levis.
When I got to my car I was so happy, there was a girl there and I said, "My car, I found my car" and I was sooo high. she said "do you have the keys to your car" and I pulled the key out of my change pocket" and she laughed and we hugged
Then I got in my superbeetle and got in the back seat. i had a change of clothes, a mexican blanket and a cooler full of food and orange juice. I took off all my clothes and put on the dry clean clothes,ate some bread, apples and peanuts and opend a container of tropcana orange juice... pure bliss
I also had some "sense" and a pipe and I smoked out. This was Nirvana.
Then there was a knock on the window and it was Chris and Cotter. We hung out and drove back to bedford.
I remember going to sleep after the sun went up.
20 years later I went and saw the dead in San Diego in Sept 24, 2004
Wow what a long strange trip
Reviewer:Franklin's Towel -
October 23, 2007 Subject:
What's up with the ratings for this show??
This is at the very least a 4 star show. Are you docking a star because it rained? Epic, classic second set
July 28, 2007 Subject:
Soulful China Doll
I was there too. Earlier in the day I'd spent hours playing guitar with a guy I never saw again. We'd had a nice little crowd of people dancing to us underneath one of the covered walkways outside the venue while it rained all afternoon. I remember security held down the fort on the concrete walkways until halfway through Hell in a Bucket. I was standing right near the entrance to the walkway when the crowd broke through. I didn't think that was right, but it was also kind of inevitable. I remember hearing Phil suddenly pounding on the bass, and I wondered if it ticked him when he saw a river of heads suddenly flowing into the venue, obviously from across the protected walkways.. nevertheless I jumped into the breach with others. I saw the rest of the show from way in the back up under the top of the shed. I saw where my companions were sitting and obviously getting soaked. I also saw the limo leaving at the end. China Doll was the highlight for me. I thought Jerry really gave us something rare and soulful in his vocal performance on that one.
June 5, 2007 Subject:
My first show
This was my first show. Had forgotten about the rain until I read these other reviews. We slid on the mudslides after the show.
Definitely a high energy place. Energy ripples around the audience in waves, and this tape captures it well.
Minglewood is very high powered, with a hot Jerry jam.
Deal is always a fun tune, but this one doesn't hold a candle to the next summer's (June 1985) Greek Theatre Deal, which I also attended. This one has a couple flubs, and an unimpressive jam.
Miracle is well placed to capture the second set energy of this SPAC crowd, and it is well executed. Phil sounds like he's firing cannon shots into the audience, and Jerry has that mean and fast Minglewood-style tone. I remember seeing the drummers from a distance and thinking that they looked like a well-oiled machine, cranking along in perfect symmetry. The whole band looked like a brand-new, shiny engine firing on all cylinders. They didn't jam much on this Miracle, but it was fun anyway.
Bertha keeps up the forward momentum and keeps the crowd's energy up. Jerry's jam is crisp and fast, with a nice friendly ring to it. Not perfect or inspired, but fun anyway. Phil lets off a few smaller cannon shots, but nothing like Miracle. "Rainstorm" gets a well deserved roar.
... to be continued ....
January 10, 2007 Subject:
HAS IT BEEN ALMOST A QUARTER OF A CENTURY?
I really can't believe it is 2007 and this was 1984. I remember all the rain at SPAC (exept 88 when it was dry) but I almost always was in the seats. My favoirt Saratoga was the Dew in 1983. That just blew me away and still does. Only a few months afterwards we got the Stephens!
Reviewer:wump wump -
November 13, 2006 Subject:
I'll never forget how shitty I felt as I got into spac, wandering on the hill looking for a familiar face or two. Then the ripping opener dancin-------that was unreal. I never stopped dancin that night. Anyone out there remember the dancin tent along the road at the top of the hill
What a fun time in my life. 83 show at spac was absolutely the best musical experience of my life. This night was a crowd experience favorite!!!!
February 21, 2006 Subject:
Dancin in the Rain
We would always camp out at Saratoga waiting for the show and by the time this one started it was raining cats and dogs. The boys rewarded us all by opening with a rippin Dancin in the Streets and kept the fireworks going all night. The music this night wasn't the tightest or most melodic, but if you like high energy shows, don't miss this one! I can still feel the mud splashing under my shoes all night long....
January 7, 2006 Subject:
Losing your friends in the rain
Great place to see a show even in a monsoon. The boys broke SPAC's attendance records with I think around 35k-38k. After the show, SPAC limited ticket sales for all future shows for good reason. I'll never forget looking up at the concrete walkways that led into the amphitheatre and seeing a mass of bodies shaking silhouetted against the night. Had many tearful reunions with friends all throughout the show because the rain and mud and the music made it very confusing.
Great show. Great venue. Check out 8-1-04 SPAC show for what I consider one of the finest Dead shows post-Jerry.
December 23, 2005 Subject:
Mud, Mud, Mud, Fun, Fun, Fun
Wet, Cold and Fun.
The show definitely had lots of highlights but not my favorite 'toga show. I guess '83 jaded me.
Thanks for uploading this one!
December 3, 2005 Subject:
I had to reteat to the rear during the playin jam at this show it got so intense for me. check out the playin in the band jam to china doll if nothing else
December 6, 2004 Subject:
Perhaps I should figure out how to upload, as I have a low gen board of this. IMO, there are few peers to this show in the 80's or any other time. Highlights? The whole 2nd set> which contains the most thrilling versions of these songs I ever saw in person.( and I saw alot of versions..yuk...yuk..) I remember Bobby sprinting across the entire stage width during the bombs in Bertha, and Billy standing on two feet bashing his drums kit into submission during Playin/Samson> Drums. China Doll and Wharf Rat have be heard to believed. 5 stars for the show.
September 2, 2004 Subject:
Dancing in the Rain
I've been to many Dead shows in the rain, including the "tornado show" at Giants Stadium, but this is the only show that I ever worried about drowning. The "Dancing" was an awesome surprise but from there it is difficult to really get real excited about the music. The band played, the mud grew deeper, and sometimes it seemed like Jerry may have been sinking with us. The "Satisfaction" is fun and if you listen real close to the end, Jerry plays the first few notes of "This Will be the Last Time" befoe Bobby cuts him off which may have referred to those of us left alive on the lawn or song itself. I guess we will never know. Play this one in the shower for best efect.
Great audience recording but isn't there a soundboard in circulation?
This AUD is a B. Not enough definition in the bass to warrant a higher grade, but pretty decent. The show, however, is an A. Decent 1st set, but as usual the real excitement is the 2nd with practically definitive versions of everything. Jerry's voice in this period was so expressive, even as his decline must have been so alarming. He could still play his ass off, and for the most part he wasn't in the half-dead comatose state that he would be in 10 years later, forgetting every other word. However, he almost forgets the "ran into a rainstorm" line from Bertha, surprising considering that it was apparently raining buckets at this show. I actually know somebody who was at this show, he's not even a Head he just went with a friend. Lucky. Highlights: Perfect rendition of China Doll, smokin' Miracle where the band kicks in right at the tempo the audience is clapping out, nice spacy Playin', epic Sugar Mag. If I lived back East I would definitely go see The Dead there this summer, just to get a feel for what it must have been like in the glory days.
What a fun show this was. I haven't burned this for the home system, but it sounds great streaming. Audience can be a bit too present during quiet parts, but a winner. Thanks for making this available!